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"Brace yourselves for the inevitable visualization."

"We're all about peace and love and goddamn body positivity!"
Tess, about the giants.
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After a night of partying, Bean, Elfo and Luci pass out on the street, and in the morning are mistaken for plague victims and are thrown in the plague pit, and it's set on fire. While Bean monologues about how she and her friends never tried some things, Elfo assumes that she is hitting on him and tries to kiss her, which she turns down, explaining that when she mentioned bliss, she wanted to say a new type of drug. Luci then rescues the group by showing a way out with a rope ladder.

As Bean tries to defuse the situation and go to a den for Bliss users, Elfo says he has a girlfriend. While in the den, the Bliss takes a while to kick in, meanwhile, Luci and Bean want to hear more of Elfo's girl, who tries to stick to that lie, describing a very tall not-elf girl, with normal teeth, one green eye and red hair. She is described as living far away, and had met Elfo on a family vacation, but all her family are dead.

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When the Bliss kicks in, Bean hallucinates meeting Elfo's girlfriend. Swearing that it's real, she sends Pendergast and some knights to find the so-called girlfriend, so Elfo can have a date during the Royal Ball.

Later, the knights come back, bringing with them a giantess that fits into Elfo's description. He goes along with it to keep the lie and says she is his girlfriend. Bean convinces her father to let her live in the cheese cave below the castle and Bean locks Elfo and the giantess together. Despite his attempts to defuse the situation, the giantess attacks him.

Meanwhile, Luci meets a saddened and still pig-turned Merkimer, who can't get with any girl, since he lost his looks, power and riches. Luci agrees to help him at the cost of letting him ride Merkimer as a horse every now and then. They try the crystal ball, but Merkimer is quickly rejected by it.

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In the following day, Bean takes Pendergast, the giantess and Elfo to a date. She is interested in knowing more about them, at which point Giantess sneezes out Turbish's horse. With her throat clean, the giantess named Tess reveals herself to be a grad student and can talk. She and Elfo get away and he convinces her to stick to the lie if he gets her a magic eye that she can see through again.

Luci advises Merkimer to act pathetic, but it does not work. He then helps Elfo to find something for Tess to use as an eye, and Elfo ends up stealing the crystal ball. Bean gets Tess all ready for the party and the group goes to the ball together.

Pendergast fails to hit on Bean, while the crystal ball finally works as an eye, but it gives Tess True Sight instead, allowing her to see the truth about everything. She says she'll reveal a truth about Elfo, but he goes first and tells Bean about the truth that he isn't dating Tess. However, she says that isn't the truth she was going to say. Figuring out that everyone is scared of her and only thinks of her as a monster, she rages against them. Turbish comes back and fires a flaming arrow on the party, and while trying to put out, Tess causes it to become even bigger and is forced to run away from the angry mob that had formed, with Bean's assistance.

They run until becoming trapped, but they get rid of the mob by releasing a bunch of Bliss on them, which causes them to get high and forget about Tess. Tess goes away, picking up Merkimer to leave with her, but she throws him back to Dreamland after he proves himself to be annoying.

Elfo and Bean talk, surrounded by Bliss mist and kiss each other, but are so high they can't decide whether it actually happened.


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  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Luci uses the crystal ball like a dating app.
    • When ranting about the stereotype of giants rampaging, Tess declares it was "just one guy in the '80s". What decade called "the 80s" she's speaking about is unclear, since so far the series hasn't given any sort of calendar dates.
      • She may have meant the literal 80's, as in the years LXXX-LXXXIX.
  • Black Comedy: The sign over the plague pit says children get buried with their parents for free.
  • The Bus Came Back: Prince Merkimer returns, still stuck in his pig form.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Bliss den. Bean uses it to save Tess when they fall into it from street level, burning a large amount of it so the fumes escape through the hole and disorient the pursuing soldiers.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Terbish is knocked off his horse and presumed dead when the knights capture Tess, as Pendergast recounts. He reappears at the ball looking a bit worse for wear, and out for vengeance for his horse.
  • Continuity Nod: A guy high on Bliss mistakes Tess for the chariot to Twinkletown, which Bunty mentioned back in "Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!"
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Compliments of Bean getting drugged out of her gourd:
    Bean: (to Elfo) It's like I'm looking at you, but at the same time you're being looked at... by me.
  • Canines Gambling in a Card Game: The characters walk past a shop in where dogs are playing poker.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Elfo manages to make his situation more complicated by telling Tess he can not only give her a new eye, but restore her vision, forcing him to do more than give her a mundane glass prosthetic.
  • Evil Is Petty: Zog demands Tess be killed simply for being a drain on the royal pantry.
  • Evil Is Sexy: In-universe, the castle maids think Luci is attractive, in an "Ugly Cute sort of way". But much to Merkimer's dismay, they don't find his sad pig form to be attractive at all.
  • Exact Words: Bean tells Elfo they've never experienced bliss together. He thinks she's talking about romantic bliss, but she's talking about a Fantastic Drug called Bliss.
  • Fantastic Drug: Bean, Elfo, and Luci walk into a private club that looks like an opium den. They inhale a hallucinogenic gas called "Bliss", which distorts their eyesight and causes them to experience a convoluted hallucination where Elfo describes his imaginary girlfriend to Bean.
  • Fantastic Racism: Tess suffers a lot of prejudice for being a giant. She's dismayed that most humans treat her like a dangerous and mindless monster, when in fact she's really a decent and intelligent person. But her protests are to no avail and fall on deaf ears, as she (accidentally) breaks a few things, resulting in an angry mob chasing her out of town.
  • For the Evulz: At the end of Elfo's hallucination, we hear a beating sound and Elfo grunting in pain. Cut back to reality, and it's because Luci is pummelling him for no reason.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Elfo's story about his imaginary girlfriend. He didn't expect that everyone would fall for it.
  • Groin Attack: While on their quest, the knights learn why the Valley of Scorpions got its name, when Terbish gets one down his armor, and gets an enflamed wang in the process.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: A Running Gag of the episode is that people keep picturing how the hell a tiny elf and a 12 feet tall giantess are having sex, much to their chagrin.
  • Ignored Epiphany: While high on Bliss, Bean has some massive realization, but the minute she tries to articulate it, she comes down completely, and forgets it in favor of getting scones.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Bean and Elfo make out while high on Bliss. So high, in fact, they don't even know if they're them anymore. As the next episode reveals, Bean just dismisses it.
  • Precision F-Strike: Tess angrily calls Elfo a "dick", one of the harshest words used in the series yet.
  • Rule of Three: The plague patrol guy, thinking the trio are dead, laments Bean and Elfo as "so tragic", and when he gets to Luci just goes "probably had it coming".
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Tess gets cleaned up by castle staff before the dance, though she wasn't exactly hideous beforehand.
  • Smash Cut: Used at the beginning, when Bean says the trio should get home before they pass out in the street. It then cuts to them in the morning, passed out in the street (and adding insult to injury, showing they only made it a few feet out of the bar before collapsing).
  • Snipe Hunt: The knights are sent on a quest to find Elfo's fictional girlfriend... and somehow find her anyways, even though Pendergast admits they all think he's lying.
  • Snowball Lie: Elfo's lie about his supposed girlfriend quickly becomes this when Bean believes him, sends her knights to find this girlfriend, and they actually find a giantess that matches the description, and then he has to convince the girl to play the part.
  • Super Strength: Luci effortlessly manages to lift a large pile of corpses.
  • Swallowed Whole: Tess ate Tebbish's horse, which got caught in her throat for several days preventing her from speaking before she coughed it back up. Also, Bean is dared into drinking the fairy in a glass of booze, who flies out of her mouth later.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Elfo's fetish for taller women gets a bit out of hand in this episode. While trying to hide his feelings for Bean, Elfo lies that he has a gigantic girlfriend, which eventually results in a random giantess named Tess being forced to date him.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: They're actually tools for Tess' makeover. Later played straight when she's chased around the city by an angry mob.
  • True Sight: Elfo gives Tess the Crystal Ball as a replacement eye. Once he triggers it, it allows her to see the truth of anyone she looks upon.
  • The Unreveal: Tess sees the truth about Elfo, but before she can say what it is, Elfo interrupts and admits to Bean what he thinks Tess was going to say: that he had been lying the whole time. That wasn't what Tess was going to say...

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